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Old 05-24-2007, 12:01 AM   #1
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Difference between M1 and YO
I'm relatively new to knitting and have previously used yo to increase a stitich. Is there a difference with M1, and if so, how do I use it. Also, when casting on, is that usually considered the first row.

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Old 05-24-2007, 12:06 AM   #2
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A M1 is simply a twisted yarn over. A yarn over is simply a M1 without the twist. The M1 is demonstrated in all of EZ's books, and as well as on here. If you are comfortable using the yarn over increase, just knit or purl into the back of it when you come to it again, and it will look just like the make one.

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Old 05-24-2007, 12:17 AM   #3
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Hey Conti -just for my own edification - a simple YO will leave a hole, right? Like an eyelet? A M1 will not make a hole, right?

And dlgil - I'm not well-versed in all the MANY versions of casting-on (or off), but I'm pretty sure that a long-tailed cast-on will count as the first knitted row, but others may not.

Need more experienced input on the cast-on question! I'd like to know too - thanks!
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Whether the CO row counts as row 1 or not is up for debate, no matter the cast-on method. I say no, but it doesn't really matter.

M1 can mean many things, and is usually defined specifically in your pattern. If it's not, though, then use the M1L (aka M1F) on this page. A YO does leave a hole, and a good M1 should not.
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But, if you knit into the back of a yarn over, it will not leave a hole, and is almost identical to the make one. If you work a yarn over normally, it will not leave a hole.
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Really? That's cool. I'm confused, though, about how you knit into a YO...you wrap the yarn and then knit into the back?

ETA: Doh! I was thinking of a YO combined with a decrease, which is what leaves the hole. I'm a dork! You're totally right--of course a YO would work, too.
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Old 05-24-2007, 06:51 PM   #7
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Thank you!!! I guess I've been doing it wrong, but I refuse to frog it and start again. I could not for the life of me figure out the "Make 1" directions in the pattern; a twisted yarn over is perfectly clear! Why couldn't they just say that???!?!i

Darn. Now I'll never be happy unless I rip out what's gone before - it's only 14 rows but it seems like forever!!!
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